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Egg Production
on June 12, 2012

Egg protein could be appetite suppressant, says research

Further evidence emerges of how eggs can help weight control

Research showing that breakfasts containing eggs could be an efficient way to keep hunger at bay was presented at the European Congress on Obesity in May. The study measured appetite, energy intake and hunger hormones in overweight hormones following different types of breakfasts.

“This study adds to a growing evidence base which suggests that eggs may, indeed, be “nature’s appetite suppressant,” said dietician Dr. Carrie Ruxton. “Previous studies have found that eating eggs at breakfast, or at lunch, reduces feelings of hunger and helps people to eat fewer calories at a later meal. The new research provides information on hormone levels for the first time, showing that consumption of eggs boosts PYY, a potent satiety hormone, while reducing levels of the hunger hormone, ghrelin. The high protein level of eggs, combined with their low fat content, means that eggs are a great choice for those trying to manage their weight.” 

The study, funded by the American Egg Board, was led by Dr. Nikhil Dhurandhar, of Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Louisiana.

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